I've always been interested in crime....no no!...not committing crime..just reading about it.
I love authors like Patricia Cornwell, Ruth Rendell and Ian Rankin, to name but a few. I also have another favourite author, Barbara Nadel, who I met a few years ago when I was living in Goreme. She has been a regular visitor to Turkey for more than 20 years, and her novels are very similar in style to those of Ian Rankin, except they are set in Turkey, mostly in Istanbul and the central character is Detective Inspector Ikmen. She spends a great deal of time in Cappadocia and once wrote a novel set in the area, with characters based on local people. We had a great deal of fun trying to work out who they were!
I've also had a lifelong interest in true crime. The criminal mind fascinates me. Years ago I thought about writing a book on the ciminal mind and how childhood experiences can influence the way some people turn to crime.
Many years ago I had a good friend who was the Head Librarian at New Scotland Yard. We spent hours discussing various criminals, and she used to lend me lots of books, many of which had involved considerable research on her part, and for which she received mention in the "credits". She also used to bring home transcripts of trials for me to read...the most shocking one being of the trial of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady.
I also saw all the original documentation relating to Jack the Ripper (I'm pretty certain that my friend wasn't really allowed to bring these documents home...because I had to sit up all night reading so that she could return them the following morning). It was utterly fascinating, to see statements from witnesses, some who couldn't read or write, having to sign with an "X". So many authors have written about Jack the Ripper and so many have speculated about who he was, but no-one knows for certain.
Recently, in fact since May 2007, I have been following the case of Madeleine McCann who disappeared whilst on holiday with her family in Portugal. The three year old Madeleine and her younger twin sıblings, were left alone in their apartment, whilst their parents and friends went out for dinner.
The parents have always insisted that she was abducted, but the Portuguese police thought otherwise. Former PJ inspector Goncalo Amaral who headed the investigation, insists that she died in the apartment and that her parents concealed the body. He wrote a book about it and the parents of Madeleine have taken action against him. They are suing him for 1 million pounds for libel.
My personal feeling is that the parents may have lied, that they may have something to hide. But I have tried to keep an open mind about it, and always base my opinions on actual known facts. There have been lots of ridiculous theories on many forums discussing the case..but they don't interest me at all. I'm only interested in the truth and the evidence...of which there is very little.
Today is Day 3 of the libel trial in Lisbon. I've been following it avidly from Day 1, via reports on Twitter from Sky TV. The trial is expected to end today, although the judgment may take longer.
It's a good job we've had rain here for a few days, because it has given me the perfect excuse to be glued to my laptop screen. It's riveting stuff!